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Old Yesterday, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Macon, Georgia
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This could go wrong by one day creating a super race.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/25/cr...edited-babies/
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Old Today, 12:45 AM
 
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This could go wrong by one day creating a super race.

A country like China isn't going to have the moral hangups as most countries in the Western world. I don;t see how the US or any Western country is going to keep up in the bioscience fields with so many roadblocks.
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Old Today, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"This could go wrong by one day creating a super race."

Judging from the state of humanity today, that might not be that difficult...

What many folks have never learned or understood is that with every change that helps humans adapt, there is a trade-off. Giantism and strength comes with the cost of a shorter lifespan, adaptation to altitude comes with increases in certain blood diseases, etc.

A single "super race" could only be possible within the limited confines of a single environment. Human adaptability and potential to change to better meet conditions is the real "super" ability.
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Old Today, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Pacific 🌉 N, 🌄W
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This could go wrong by one day creating a super race.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/25/cr...edited-babies/
Read the update in your link.
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Update: The story is getting even more convoluted. When contacted by TechCrunch’s Rita Liao, a representative at the hospital that supposedly approved Jiankui He’s study stated “what we can say for sure is that the gene editing process did not take place at our hospital. The babies were not born here either.” She also said that the hospital is investigating the validity of the documents connected to the study on ChiCTR.
CRISPR technology has not been advanced to the point of creating designer babies.

Currently, most research on genome editing is done to understand diseases using cells and animal models. Scientists are still working to determine whether this approach is safe and effective for use in people. It is being explored in research on a wide variety of diseases, including single-gene disorders such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and sickle cell disease. It also holds promise for the treatment and prevention of more complex diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, mental illness, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

What are genome editing and CRISPR-Cas9?
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Old Today, 04:42 PM
 
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My understanding is that the genetic change in these infants should provide better defense against HIV, but at the expense of increased vulnerability to influenza. That's a pretty questionable trade-off. Until we fully understand the risks, there's always going to be a significant danger from tampering with the human genome.
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Old Today, 06:52 PM
 
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This could go wrong by one day creating a super race.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/25/cr...edited-babies/
Sounds like a Snuppy the dog situation. Until the publish remain skeptical.
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